Day 6 & Raccoon Spring

If anyone has Instagram, my user name is the same there…joyfulploys (no space).

Day 6 is graphite and watercolors.  Most of my watercolors are student grade: Van Gogh and Grumbacher. I had problems with her mouth and one eye,  but didn’t want to risk making the problem worse by trying to “fix” it.

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RACCOON SPRING

Yesterday we went to Raccoon Spring.  It’s right behind the North Golf Course,  in Cherokee Village (Arkansas),  if anyone wants to look for it….or not.  IMG_2316.JPG

The water is clear and pristine and flows into Spring River.  The headwaters of Spring River begin at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

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This the little bridge you drive across to get to Raccoon Spring:

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This is another rock bridge for run off water (I think).

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This the view you see driving out of the spring area:

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quick late night post

It’s been a really busy week…more so than usual.  I’ve been helping my mom…doctor appointment, taking her cat to the vet, etc.  I’m ready for a quiet weekend.

I signed up for Tracy Verdugo’s “Paint Mojo” workshop that begins next month.  I am looking forward to it.

From my watercolor book:

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The one above was inspired by Tina Berning.

From my sketchbook:

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…and this last one is inspired by my “Flow” coloring book:

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Our weather here in northern Arkansas is much cooler the past few days.  I think fall is on its way.  Have a great weekend!

4×4’s and more…

“Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God’s creatures – large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season’s first frost,
for the baby’s laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered “I love you.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I finished a good book last week:  A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson.  Go here to check out a great article about the book.  I don’t read a lot of biographies but this one is excellent!

I finished eight more 4×4’s.  I’m going to have to hurry to attain my goal of 200 by the end of this year 🙂

This set numbers 161-164:

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This set numbers 165-168:

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…some random pages from my visual journal

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…collage using an altered page from a children’s book:

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my photos aren’t coming out very crisp….I’m looking for another camera

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odds and ends collage:

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here’s wishing all in the US a great Thanksgiving Day this Thursday with family & friends!!!

have a good day…

“The expression “Have a good day” was born the week our oil supply was depleted, water became scarce, telephone rates went up, gasoline was in short supply, and meat, coffee, and sugar prices soared.  It was as if the warranty on the country had just expired.”  ~Erma Bombeck~1970’s

I’m having a good day…it’s the first day back on God’s time 🙂

I made a new journal last week…I sewed the signatures together on the sewing machine and used duct tape to put the signatures together.  Then,  I found the middle of the journal and sewed that to the cover using a simple pamphlet stitch.  I will be using this method again.  I wanted to practice using a composition book for the cover.  The next one I make, I think I’ll try using an old book for the cover.

I mostly used painted papers on the cover:

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Here’s the introductory page…watercolor and collage:

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I spilled some ivory paint the other day…so, I quickly swirled it on some magazine pages.  After the paint dried…I went over some of the paint with pan pastels.  I like the effect that I discovered accidentally:

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I painted these 4×4’s last week.  They number 149-152:

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I made this set of 4×4’s today.  They number 153-156:

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Last week we went for a drive to look at the fall color.  We made a little circle and came back home.  When we drove in our driveway, I told my hubby:  I think the prettiest leaves are right here in our own yard.  Here’s a photo of the Hickory Tree in our backyard.  After a rain, the leaves look neon yellow:

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Side yard:

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Across the front yard looking down the street:

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Everyone have a great week and be creative in all you do!

more 4×4’s…

AUTUMN HUMOR:

Autumn is a season for big decisions — like whether or not it’s too late to start spring cleaning.

Autumn — time to drag out your winter clothes and see what kind of summer fun the moths had.

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I need some new potholders and I’ve been thinking of making some for myself and maybe some for Christmas gifts. The Stitching Scientist has these.  Who knew there are so many tutorials and videos about how to make potholders.  The Ribbon Retreat blog offers this tutorial.

And then, I was looking at some other craft projects and found this great idea for recycling those wooden leaf and bowls that you can easily find at most flea markets.  Jennifer calls them Boho Chic Jewelry Trays. I’m sure they could be used for other items, as well.

On to this weeks 4×4’s.  This first set started with a magazine cover.  I put gesso on both sides.  I used acrylic paints, markers, and oil pastels.  These number 129-132:

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I used watercolors, acrylic paints, and black acrylic ink and a dip pen on Bristol paper.  Before drawing the black lines…I brushed Liquitex Gold Interference paint over the entire surface.  This set numbers 133-136:

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until next week…going to go hold my dog’s paw…he’s freaking out because of a thunder storm…

more…

“We need to commit to our creative path.  I don’t mean to want to do it in our hearts or to make plans to do it.  I mean to actually do it.”  ~Sue Monk Kidd~ from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

I did manage to complete eight more 4×4’s this week.  Only 80 more to go 🙂

I have been watching some videos about doodling.  It’s a fascinating process.  I don’t like to do suggested patterns that many zentanglers draw, but prefer to let the pattern flow as I go.  That’s just me, the patterns of Zentangles are really beautiful and intricate.  The videos by Pic Candle intrigued me this week.  She does more of a cartoon style of doodling but I really like it.  I also like the little creatures that Teesha Moore  draws in some of her journals.

Here’s one of many videos on You Tube by Pic Candle:

I went off into my sketching foray but I don’t think sketching per se is my cup of tea.  I like sketching and I will sketch sometimes but to keep a daily sketch book….I don’t know if I can do that.  Collage is what I love to do most…that along with painting.  I think a  challenge for myself next year is going to be to get over my fear of painting on canvas…painting big.  That being said, I do realize that I am learning valuable techniques and experimentation from doing my 4×4 series.

Here are this week’s 4×4’s.  This first set numbers 113-116:

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The next set numbers 117-120:

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…until next time

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton

I have a few things to share.  Sketchbookery class has ended but I’m still drawing and painting.  I am using student grade watercolors until I see if my interest in this medium will last beyond a few months.  I also have a Prang’s set of cheapie watercolors that work very well for beginners(me).

Here’s a chart of my Pelikan Paints. I assigned names for the colors:

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Charts of my other paints:

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Here’s a spread in my handmade booklet I mentioned in a previous post:

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Last week my mother had a procedure at the hospital.  I took some photos of people waiting and waiting out in the wait area.  I drew these with a brush and burnt umber(Van Gogh student paint ):

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This next effort is from two different photos taken of my two sisters waiting with me.  Sisters, if you are reading this, I know it doesn’t look like you….you two are much prettier and more attractive than this. Also, I know I need some anatomy drawing lessons 🙂

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I drew this next one with a Bic grip ballpoint pen.  I was looking at a black and white drawing in Women, a pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources by Dover Books. I had a second try at drawing the hands.  It’s still not correct but I liked it when I finished painting it.

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And, here’s Happy from my Happy Meal bag.  I know he’s supposed to have legs.  The Happy I was looking at didn’t have legs and I didn’t notice until I finished him:

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I’m so far behind on my 4×4 series.  I will have to catch up, somehow.

I can’t believe it’s the last day of July!

watercolor woes…

“For the artist, drawing is discovery.  And that is not just a quick phrase; it is quite literally true.” ~John Berger

 

I’m taking Mary Ann’s class “Sketchbookery.”  There’s only one more week of class after this week.  It is possible for old dogs to learn new tricks, I hope, I hope?  I have always enjoyed Mary Ann’s style of teaching.  She makes sketching fun.  Just “keep on going” if you make a mistake, she says.

I made a sketchbook using the covers of a composition book.  I wanted something small that wouldn’t have lots of pages.  The book has about 20 pages counting all the flap pages as a page.  I stitched the signature to the cover using a running stitch.  Here is the front cover.  It’s not a watercolor…it’s a page from a magazine that I painted over with gesso and acrylic paints.

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This is the back cover… bright watercolors:

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This is the first page in my sketchbook:

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Page two is a flap page.  I sketched this face from a Dover book:

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Here are some small sketches in another sketchbook.  It doesn’t take watercolors very well:

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(click on the small photos for a closer look)

…until next time

grace to evolve…

 

“We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve.”  ~T.D. Jakes

Sometimes, we don’t give ourselves the grace to evolve.  Most of us, if we are honest with ourselves,  can usually see what someone else is doing “wrong.” So, most of the time, the above quote is right on!

I finally had some time to work on some 4×4’s last week.  I made it to 80 and I hope to be at 100 by the end of this month.   I need to step up my game because the end of this month will be halfway.  My goal is to complete a series of 2oo 4 x 4 tiny pieces of art by the end of this year.  There’s no way that I can do  ICAD this time.  I hope that project is going well…I did enjoy doing it last year. See my last post if you are interested in doing the index card a day art project.

This first set of 4×4’s number 73-76.  I used water-based markers, watercolors and some acrylic paints.

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The next set in the series are numbers 77-80.  I was experimenting with all kinds of red and pink markers and pens.  The last one has some acrylic paint on it.  I used black pen work on all but the second one(number 78).

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looking in my sketchbook and a new book I purchased two weeks ago….

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I haven’t taken the time to fully explore this book.  Her project using a photo and translating it to a stitched portrait looks interesting.  Check the reviews on Amazon before deciding if this book is for you.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  My last words are…enough rain…for now 🙂